via Bangkok Post, 30 Nov 2017: This news came out last week while I was away on a work trip, but a pair of tourists have been detained in Thailand for taking selfies of their bare butt in Bangkok’s Wat Arun. They now face several charges including jail time. We have seen other tourists getting in trouble previously for stripping in Angkor and Bagan, so we can say that these two are literally a pair of dumb asses.
Two American men who posted photos of themselves with their rear ends exposed on their “Travelling butts” Instagram travel page at the capital’s famous Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) could face seven years in jail.
Source: ‘Travelling butts’ duo may face 7 years
via Khmer Times, 21 November 2017: Plans to create direct flights between Bagan and Angkor
Cambodia and Myanmar sign a memorandum of understanding to promote tourism.
Source: Cambodia, Myanmar back tourism deal – Khmer Times
via The Irrawaddy, 20 November 2017: Plans are being made, but negotiations with specific hotels have not yet begun.
The country plans to relocate hotels in preparation of the ancient city’s final nomination dossier to become a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Source: Govt Plans to Relocate Hotels From Bagan Archeological Zone
via DVB, 11 November 2017:
At the forefront of Burma’s proposal to UNESCO will be a pledge to relocate hotels and buildings that interfere with the ancient ruins.
Source: Burma pledges to relocate hotels from Bagan archaeological site- DVB Multimedia Group
via AFP, Yahoo News 08 November 2017: Death is always tragic, but it should be pointed out that on top of the fact that climbing temples is frowned on in Bagan, the tourist was also on a non-designated temple that wasn’t designated for climbing.
Myanmar has tried in vain to keep tourists from scaling Bagan’s temples to watch sunsets fall over its vast plain of more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments.
In 2016 authorities tried to restrict the daily ritual to five main temples, citing the need to preserve the temples and protect tourists’ safety.
But travellers continue to scamper up many of Bagan’s smaller structures, including the 20-foot Wuttanathaw pagoda from which Braun fell.
Source: US tourist, 20, falls to death from Myanmar temple
via Myanmar Times, 27 October 2017: Upgrading the Nyaung U Airport will translate to a significant rise in visitors to Bagan.
Japan will provide grants worth $42 million to cover the upgrade of Nyaung U Airport in Bagan, U Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Department of Civil Aviation told The Myanmar Times on October 24. The upgrades will be done in co-operation with Japanese companies.
Source: Japan to fund upgrade of Bagan airport | The Myanmar Times
via Pattaya Mail, 20 October 2017:
The city of Ayutthaya is planning to install special lighting systems at all its major ancient sites to attract tourists to visit at night-time. Support Pattaya Mail – Click Here Director of the Ayutthaya Historical Park, Sukanya Baonert, said a budget of more than 300 million baht has been allocated to make Thailand’s ancient capital […]
Source: Ayutthaya ruins to be promoted as night-time tourist destination – Pattaya Mail
via The Irrawaddy, 20 October 2017: Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of the two remaining temples upon to the public for sunset viewing is now closed, after a terrace of the pagoda collapsed following rains.
Source: Popular Bagan Pagoda Closes After Terrace Collapse
via Xinhua, 01 October 2017: Cambodia reports a 70% jump in revenue from Angkor tickets, compared to the same period the year before.
Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Cambodia’s Angkor archeological park hit 75.7 million U.S. dollars in the first nine months of 2017, up 70 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a press release on Sunday.
The ancient park received 1.75 million foreign tourists during the January-September period this year, up 12 percent over the same period last year, said the state-run Angkor Enterprise’s press release.
Source: Cambodia’s famed Angkor earns nearly 76 mln USD in 9 months – Xinhua | English.news.cn
via Travel Daily News, 26 September 2017
A former capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya is famous for monumental remnants of old palaces and temples spread across a tranquil landscape.
Source: Thailand: Plan to promote night tours of historical sites in Ayutthaya